Football is offered to both female and male students as a winter sport at St Paul’s Collegiate School. Training takes place twice a week, after school on St Paul’s main playing fields.
The football programme is based on Brazilian futebol principles and philosophies with the ultimate aim of playing 'Futebol Alegria.' Students learn both football and futsal, a five-a-side indoor game with a smaller and heavier ball. By learning futsal, students build technical skills and the ability to play a skilful and fast-passed game that is transferred to the football field.
St Paul’s eight football teams compete in various competitions in Term 2 and 3, including:
- Waikato secondary schools championships
- North Island secondary schools championships
- New Zealand secondary schools national premier tournament
A sports levy applies to this sport. Transport, accommodation and costs association with tournaments are disbursed to students' accounts accordingly.
- 1st XI finished equal second in the Waikato secondary schools competition and 20th in the New Zealand Secondary Schools National Premier Tournament (2015)
- Luke Goodwin, Tom Goodwin and Harry Porritt were all selected for the Waikato Bay of Plenty men’s futsal team (2015)
- New Zealand secondary schools under-19 (trial) – Harry Porritt, Zachary Newdick, Owen Comber and George Ott (to tour the UK in 2016)
- Waikato Bay of Plenty under-16 football team – Harry Porritt (2015)
- National Federation Talent Centre (NTC) – Owen Comber and George Ott (2015)
- WaiBOP United Youth – Jacob Robb and Michael Built (coach) (2015)
- WaiBOP United 1st team – Scott Hilliar (2015)
- ASB Premiership – Jacob Robb, Michael Built (coach) and Scott Hilliar (2015/16)
- Teacher in Charge – Mike Simmonds
- 1st XI Boys – Sam Wilkinson and Ainsley Robson (manager)
- Development XI – Keegan Stewart and Kelvin Hogg (manager)
- Colts A – Byron de Beer and Mike Groom
- Colts B – Roger Bell
- 3rd XI/Senior Black – Mike Simmonds (manager)
- 1st XI Girls – Alexi Varela, Ian Boyle and Kerry Allen (manager)
1st XI Boys' Coach – Sam Wilkinson
Prior to St Paul’s, Sam spent six years coaching in the UK and is one of the only Kiwi coaches to have worked in the English academy system. Sam grew up playing football in the Waikato, he played at national league level for Waikato FC and Auckland City, as well as represented Hamilton Wanderers, Melville United and Tauranga City at regional level. While in the UK, he worked for a Birmingham-based coach education company, West Bromwich Albion Football Club as their under-14 coach, as well as coached in Birmingham City across all academy age groups from under-7 to under-21. "My aim is to develop a clear and identifiable playing and development philosophy and give every player a chance to reach their potential as a footballer.”